Following the violent entry into the US Congress on January 6, Facebook decided to ban Donald Trump. Indeed, the former president’s attitude during this event was heavily criticized. He is also accused of strongly encouraging protesters to act.
Since then, the Republican’s posts have been available, but he cannot post anything. On January 21, Facebook asked its “Supreme Court” to rule on his suspension. Should it be final at the opposite end? On this highly explosive topic, the social network then explained:
Many argue that private companies like Facebook shouldn’t make these big decisions alone. Do we agree? (…) It would be preferable to make these decisions in accordance with the framework agreed by democratically responsible legislators. But without such laws there are choices that we cannot avoid.
Extra time to make the decision
(1/2): The board of directors will announce its decision on the case of the indefinite suspension of former US President Trump from Facebook and Instagram in the coming weeks. We have extended the public comment deadline for this case and received more than 9,000 responses.
– Regulatory Authority (@OversightBoard) April 16, 2021
In theory, the Supervisory Board had until April 21 to make its decision. In the end, it won’t. The Oversight Board just announced that it “will make a decision in the coming weeks. We have extended the deadline for public comments on this topic after receiving over 9,000 responses. The Board’s obligation to carefully review all comments extended the timeline for the act under the Board’s bylaws. We’ll share more information soon. “”
Once the verdict is known, Facebook will have a week to respond. As a reminder, the “Supreme Court” was created a few months ago and includes political leaders, academics, journalists and even human rights specialists. The company also wanted to take into account a certain geographical and linguistic balance in its composition.
The Oversight Board made its first decisions on contentious cases last December. Some people affected, especially France and Doctor Didier Raoult. Please see our dedicated article for more information on this topic.